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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 13, 2011 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: "Heads" Up for Netflix folks

"Magic Trip - Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place" popped up recently for streaming. Fantastic compilation using the surviving film from Ken's 1964 epic LSD-fueled cross-country trip in Furthur. Has fascinating commentary from folks on the bus and the people they visited. Highly recommend this one. Watching Neal Cassidy actually at the wheel is truly frightening. Surprised he lived even as long as he did. Really shows what it was like just before the "hippie" scene exploded and the folks who were really the bridge from one time to another.

Favorite line: "We were too young to be Beatniks, too old to be hippies"

You can go to magpictures.com for some clips.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 13, 2011 2:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

i never got 'round to seeing this, my being so movie phobic these last several months

here's an interesting item from wikipedia on noted Beat figure Herbert Huncke:

"In his last few years, he lived in the Chelsea Hotel, where his rent came from financial support from Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, whom Huncke never met."

say what you want about Jerry, he was cool as shit on so many levels

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 13, 2011 11:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

That is very, very cool on the part of Garcia.

FYI, I'm in "talks" with folks at Magic Pictures and with Michelle Estrick (daughter of Odetta and produce/director of Saint Misbehavin') to do a cumulative weekend showing of both Magic Trip and Saint Misbehavin' here on the Monterey Peninsula and then down at Henry Miller Library to do screenings and Q and A's with various folks involved with both. I put on this little shindig two years back
[http://www.henrymiller.org/OneFastMove.html]
and think it could be a cool event.

once Michael Polish gets done with post-production, we'll screen Big Sur...

Rest assured, I'll have no qualms self-promoting if and when it happens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VicSOnRULEU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvnPAianh90

12. San Francisco

The church is blowing a sad windblown “Kathleen”
On the bells of the skid row slums
I wake up goopy and woebegone
AT THE MARS HOTEL ON 4th AND HOWARD
http://www.bluoz.com/blog/index.php?/archives/1297-The-Mars-Hotel-at-4th-and-Howard.html
Do you remember dancing girls in St. Louis
Stan Getz on the hi-fi under midnight kitchen bulbs
We all agree it’s too big to keep up with
That we’re surrounded by life – that we’ll
Never understand it
The great magical city of the Gandharvas
Of San Francisco
Where is the writer who could bring you
Sobbing through the bed fucking bed cribs
Of the moon to see it all even unto
Some robbery of the heart at dawn
When no one cares
I’m lost among strange agitators of the heart
We center it all by swigging from the bottle
All for two sticks of loco weed
That grows by itself in Texas because god wanted it
Great magical city of the Gandharvas
Of San Francisco


huh?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jp1JACO2y0&;feature=related

This post was modified by bluedevil on 2011-12-14 06:54:00

This post was modified by bluedevil on 2011-12-14 07:02:03

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 14, 2011 5:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

Went by it (MarsH) once as a kid, before I knew it via the cover. By late 60s it was a strange place, like so many in SF that time had passed.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Dec 13, 2011 7:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

Thanks, SDH--I look forward to watching it.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 14, 2011 6:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

Thanks for posting that. We streamed it at home last night. I must say, it's impressive how much quality 16mm footage they have from that journey. And it really brings that whole legend down to earth in the best possible way. The voice overs are kind of painful, but the shots of Cowboy Neal at the wheel just babbling on at a mile a minute are absolutely priceless.

I also wonder, given the amount of filming the Pranksters did on that trip, why there isn't more film from the acid tests. Or is there?

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 14, 2011 7:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

I thought the "meeting" of the Pranksters and Leary was hilarious. Here is Leary living in a lavish country estate, experimenting with the spiritual and philosophical meanings of LSD, and up the drive comes unnanounced this multi-colored bus filled with wigged out proto-hippies hurling green smoke bombs from the windows and playing horrendous music on the roof. Not surprised Leary was nowhere to be found.

And these hip-hop folks think they started the East Coast vs. West Coast thing. Seems like the free-wheeling acid-heads from SF and the reserved, intellectual spritual explorers in Millbrook, NY started it much earlier.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 14, 2011 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

I agree. That part was really eye-opening. They roll up expecting this grand welcome, and Leary and his disciples just scatter. I have to say I don't really blame them! People seemed amused to see the bus rolling through town, but most of the folks they actually spent any time with seemed to barely tolerate them -- perhaps wondering why a bunch of grown men were driving around acting like kids on a sugar high.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 14, 2011 8:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

Yeah, don't think I'd be too hip on inviting Cowboy Neal in for tea.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 14, 2011 10:19am
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Yeah, except Neal was the only one who got an audience with Leary, apparently.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 14, 2011 10:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

Go figure. If I was a mellow intellectual buzzed on some pharmaceutical grade blotter, dealing with a crazed speed freak would be on the bottom of my "to do" list.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Dec 14, 2011 2:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

nostalgia goes just so far. Yes it's great to see and hear the true birth of the hippies and their acid fueled fun times,but remember besides the music was changing,womens rites were improving,anti distrimination laws were coming into effect and of course we were at war and guys were dying in front of us on t.v or you actually could have served as well.When I got to the bay area in 73' the fun seemed to be over but at least it wasn't burning like the Bronx was.

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Poster: drspark61 Date: Dec 13, 2011 8:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

Really, really well done.

"Sunshine Daydream" needs to get this sort of color restoration.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 14, 2011 5:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

Wouldn't that be amazing? I'm guessing that it will happen eventually due to the amount of money that could be made.

Money talks, bullshit walks.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Dec 13, 2011 11:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

Thanks! Gonna watch this over the holidays for sure...love my Netflix subscription :)

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Dec 13, 2011 5:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

I saw this a few days ago, surprised it was put together so well. There's a lot more than just the bus trip in this film, very informative. The recordings of Kesey while testing LSD at Stanford are hilarious/spooky

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 14, 2011 5:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

Aint that the truth. I thought it fascinating hearing Ken's commentary on what was happening in the Haight scene and how he actually found it kind of sad, a "loss of innocence" kind of thing.

That and finally kicking out all the hangers-on from his house and seeking a "simpler, less cluttered life" up on his ranch.

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Poster: snori Date: Dec 14, 2011 7:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Heads' Up for Netflix folks

I'd like to see that, having recently watched the Mountain Girl illustrated lecture. It's good to get another view of these historic periods. Carolyn Cassidy's 'Off the Road' is another great alternate take.